Dr. Pitman B. Potter is a Professor of Law at the Allard School of Law and HSBC Chair in Asian Research at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research.  His teaching and research focus on PRC and Taiwan law and policy in the areas of foreign trade and investment, dispute resolution, property law, contracts, business regulation, and human rights.  Dr. Potter has published several books, including most recently  Assessing Treaty Performance in China: Trade and Human Rights (Vancouver and Toronto: UBC Press, 2014) and The Legal System of the People’s Republic of China (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013).  He has also published over 100 articles and essays.

In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Potter is admitted to the practice of law in British Columbia, Washington, and California (inactive), and serves as a consultant to the Canadian national law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.  Dr. Potter is engaged in international trade arbitration work involving China and is on the panel of arbitrators for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission as well as several regional arbitral bodies. He has served on the Board of Directors of several public institutions, including the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada where he is currently a Senior Fellow. He recently chaired the APFC Taskforce Report, “Advancing Canada’s Engagement with Asia on Human Rights: Integrating Business and Human Rights” (2013) (https://www.asiapacific.ca/sites/default/files/filefield/human_rights_taskforce_v3.pdf).  Dr. Potter is ordained a Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada (https://pbpotterministries.wordpress.com). 

Dr. Potter is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Pitman Potter’s research teaching and research focus on PRC and Taiwan law and policy in the areas of foreign trade and investment, dispute resolution, property law, contracts, business regulation, and human rights.

Selected Publications

Books (authored)

Pitman B. Potter, Assessing Treaty Performance in China: Trade and Human Rights (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014).

Pitman B. Potter, China’s Legal System (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013).

Pitman B. Potter, Law Policy and Practice on China’s Periphery: Selective Adaptation and Institutional Capacity (London: Routledge, 2011).

 

Books (edited)

Pitman B. Potter and Heather Gibb (with Erika Cedillo), ed., Gender Equality Rights and Trade Regimes: Coordinating Compliance (Toronto: The North-South Institute, 2012).

Pitman B. Potter (with Thomas Adams), ed., Issues in Canada China Relations (Toronto: Canadian International Council, 2011)

Pitman B. Potter and Ljiljana Biukovic, ed., Globalization and Adaptation in International Trade Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011).

Pitman B. Potter and Du Fachun, ed. Western Development and Socio-Economic Change in China (Beijing: Chinese Intellectual Property Press, 2010) (in Chinese and English).

Pitman B. Potter and Gu Xiaorong, ed., The Hypothesis of Selective Adaptation and the Practice of Rule by Law in China (Shanghai: Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Press, 2009) (in Chinese and English).

Articles and Essays

Pitman B. Potter, “Peng Zhen,” in Kerry Brown ed., Bershire Dictionary of Chinese Biography vol. 4 (2015).

Pitman B. Potter, “Human Rights and Social Justice in China,” in Daniel Drache, Lesley Jacobs, eds., Linking Global Trade and Human Rights: New Policy Space in Hard Economic Times (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Pitman B. Potter, “Coordinating Compliance Between Gender Rights and Trade,” in Potter and Gibb, Gender Equality Rights and Trade Regimes: Coordinating Compliance (Toronto: The North-South Institute, 2012), pp. 127-140.

Pitman B. Potter, “”International and Domestic Selective Adaptation: The Case of Charter 08,” in John Gillespie and Pip Nicholson, ed., Law and Development and the Global Discourses of Legal Transfers (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 56-81.

Pitman B. Potter and Sophia Woodman, “Boundaries of Tolerance: Charter 08 and Debates over Political Reform,” in Jean-Philippe Beja, Fu Hualing, and Eva Pils, ed., Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2012), pp. 97-117.

Pitman B. Potter, “4 June and Charter 08: Approaches to Remonstrance,” China Information Volume 25 Issue 2 (July 2011), pp. 121 – 138.

Pitman B. Potter, “Dilemmas of Access to Health Care in China,” China: An International Journal Vol. 8 no. 1 (March 2010), pp. 164-179.